Steve Jobs Quotes About Life, Innovation & Business

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Motivational Steve Jobs Quotes

  • If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
  • My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
  • We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
  • The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
  • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
  • Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
  • The greatest thing is when you do put your heart and soul into something over an extended period of time, and it is worth it.
  • You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.
  • You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.
  • It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
  • God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.
  • Creativity is just connecting things.
  • If you live each day as it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.
  • You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
  • Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
  • Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
  • Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  • I’ve been rejected, but I am still in love.
  • Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the nonsuccessful ones is pure perseverance.
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
  • Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
  • My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others’ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
  • Don’t let the noise of other’s’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
  • For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
  • I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.
  • I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.
  • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.
  • That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
  • When You Need A Miracle, Be Miracle.
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
  • I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.
  • Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.
  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
  • Even if we lose our money, we’ll have a company,” Jobs told Steve Wozniak early on, in the mid-1970s. “For once in our lives, we’ll have a company.
  • Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
  • Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
  • Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
  • Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.
  • Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
  • My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
  • Things don’t have to change the world to be important.
  • You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.
  • I want to put a ding in the universe.
  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
  • You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
  • It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
  • Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
  • You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
  • Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…that’s what matters to me.
  • Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.